I used to not be into New Year’s resolutions. It made much more sense for me to try to make improvements either when the fancy struck me or at the beginning of the school year. However, it’s now been several years since my life has followed a school year schedule. Consequently, I finally get why people choose January to make resolutions. You might as well try to make a change while everyone else is excited about self improvement!
One of my goals this year is to read more. In this season of life, it’s easy to go days or weeks without reading anything more substantial than a picture book (don’t get me wrong–picture books can be awesome, but I’m trying to aim a little higher here). Consequently, I’ve opted to participate in the Modern Mrs. Darcy reading challenge. The goal is to read 12 books–1 for each category–to motivate readers to read amazing books. Here is what I’ve planned to read thus far:
-A classic you’ve been meaning to read: Great Expectations by Charles Dickens (I was supposed to read it for a Facebook book club this past summer and never did)
-A book recommended by someone with great taste: All American Boys by Jason Reynolds (Recommended by my literature teacher-friend from vicarage)
-A book in translation: Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoyevsky
-A book nominated for an award in 2018: TBD
-A book of poetry, a play, or an essay collection: Harry Potter and the Cursed Child by J.K. Rowling and Jack Thorne
-A book you can read in a day: The Mysterious Benedict Society by Trenton Lee Stuart (I’m not even sure how long this book is, I just picked a children’s chapter book that I’ve been meaning to read)
-A book that’s more than 500 pages: Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett (I technically started this book in 2017, but I was less than 150 pages in and it’s almost 1,000 pages)
-A book by a favorite author: TBD (Can you believe I have a hard time deciding who is my favorite author? Maybe I’ll reread something by Austen or perhaps find something by Jasper Fforde or Neil Gaiman)
-A book recommended by a librarian or indie bookseller: TBD (I hate talking to people)
-A banned book: Fahrenheit 451
-A memoir, biography, or book of creative nonfiction: Alexander Hamilton by Ron Chernow
-A book by an author of a different race, ethnicity, or religion than your own: TBD
Additionally, you are given several different printables to help track reading when you sign up for the challenge. This year I’m focusing on trying to read a hard copy of a book every day (I’ve already missed some days, but that just means there’s room for improvement!). I really upped my reading in 2017 by actually figuring out how to checkout books on my Kindle and reading while nursing Sweet Pea, but I can only read certain types of books on a screen–nothing too dense. By taking the time to read hard copies, that will allow me to tackle some “harder” reads.
I’m so excited to participate in this challenge! I’ve been plugging away at Pillars of the Earth and I just checked out The Mysterious Benedict Society on my Kindle.
Do you have any reading goals for 2018?
Happy New Year!
I was going to write a sarcastic post about how New Year resolutions never work out or how they always focus on the wrong things, but several other blogs and Facebook statuses beat me to it. It’s a good thing they did, because it gave me time to think about the actual reason why I’m not fond of New Year resolutions.
The problem is that I’m not motivated by the changing to a new year. In fact, I’m so unmotivated by this change, I haven’t even bought a new wall calendar yet. I believe part of this has to do with the flow of our life right now. January is in the middle of our yearly-life increments. My husband has already started his winter quarter and I’m 4 months into my job. It’s hard to feel like starting over when we just started over in August. And why try to make life changes when life will force us to change again this summer?
Since I’m so unimpressed by January’s arrival, its never going to motivate me to change. If I put off doing something until the beginning of a new year, I’m most likely to find another excuse not to start my resolution once January arrives. But it’s not really fair to those who are motivated by the new year to make sarcastic and cynical comments about how generally people don’t keep their New Year resolutions. If you are person who finds the encouragement to make life changes on January 1, good for you! Go run those miles, organize those files, read those books, or whatever you resolved to do. Just don’t mind me as I sit on the couch eating cookies while I ignore the chaos I call my office. I’m just waiting for something else to motivate me.